Gov. Brown: 10 people killed in OR fires

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Tracy Koa, a high school teacher, returned to Talent, Ore., on Saturday after evacuating with her partner, Dave Tanksley, and 13-year-old daughter to find her house and neighbourhood reduced to heaps of ash and rubble. "Also leaves. When you have dried leaves on the ground, it's just fuel for the fires".

"Just watch. I don't think science knows, actually", Mr. Trump said.

In the small southern OR town of Talent, Dave Monroe came back to his burned home, partly hoping he'd find his three cats.

"The only moisture in eastern Washington was the tears of people who have lost their homes and mingling with the ashes".

After four days of brutally hot, windy conditions in OR, the weekend brought calmer winds blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean, and cooler, moister weather that helped crews make headway against blazes that burned unchecked last week.

Still, emergency officials anxious that the shifting weather might not be enough to quell the fires.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, who has described the wildfires as "apocalyptic" and driven by climate change, said it was crucial voters elect a "climate president" come November 3.

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"I've been telling them this now for three years".

"Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by phone and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with State and local officials throughout the response to these natural disasters, " White House spokesman Judd Deere said in an email to Politico.

Emergency services in OR confirmed there was still 38 active fires burning as of Sunday morning, with 40,000 people under mandatory evacuation orders.

California has said that about 15 million acres of forest are in need of thinning and brush-clearing.

Smoke and flames have combined to envelop the cities of San Francisco, Seattle and Portland with some of the worst air quality in the world. Satellite images showed the smoke was wafting inland in the eastern direction, the Bureau of Land Management said on Twitter on Sunday.

Numerous wildfires also are burning in Washington, Idaho and Colorado.

Drought conditions, extreme temperatures and high winds in OR created the "perfect firestorm" for the blazes to grow, Brown told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

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There are 16,500 firefighters battling the fires in California.

"This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the West Coast", she said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Gavin Newsom told President Trump on Monday that "climate change is real" as the president received an emergency briefing on more than 90 wildfires that have burned millions of acres in three western states.

US President Donald Trump blames poor forest management - mainly a failure to cull overgrown forests - for the increasing number and intensity of fires.

Biden and Trump have offered vastly different visions when it comes to tackling the issue of climate change. Confronting the worsening conditions of climate change, and the still more risky conditions to come, has "critical relevance for ongoing efforts to manage wildfire risks in California and other regions", the researchers wrote.

Firefighters monitor a controlled burn along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to help contain the Dolan Fire near Big Sur, Calif., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Citing law enforcement, he also announced at least 10 fatalities have been confirmed.

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